James Kniep

James Kniep

Programme: MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering 2008

Nationality: American

Undergraduate: Degree in Physics, Iowa State University

Employment prior to studying at the Business School: N/A

Employment after studying at the Business School: Market Risk Manager, Standard Bank

Current employment: Quantitative Risk Manager/Business Analyst, various institutions

Why did you choose to study Risk Management and Financial Engineering, and why specifically at Imperial College Business School?

RMFE was particularly germane during the period, as many banks were beginning to go bust, and those that survived needed people who were quantitatively skilled and knowledgeable of the markets in order to help them cope with the changing landscape, as well as implement the new FSA requirements for risk management and mitigation. Imperial College Business School was my top choice, as it was located right in London, near the financial centre, and has a great reputation.

What advice would you give to a prospective student considering studying the same Business School programme as you? 

Be sure you have a decent knowledge of maths and statistics.

How has the Business School helped develop your career? 

The Business School helped me by putting a name on my CV, one that employers respect and know. Being an Imperial College Business School alumn has helped me to get more attention when applying for jobs.

What do you enjoy most about your work and what are the main challenges that you face?  

I enjoy constantly learning about the market, different products, engaging with people and figuring out ways to solve problems.

What value do you get out of your Business School and alumni connections?  

We reminisce about our experiences and help each other with information about the current job market.